Bus accident kills 14

Double-decker tour buses in Thailand are famed for their designs, but their safety record has also been a concern. (Apichart Jinakul)
Double-decker tour buses in Thailand are famed for their designs, but their safety record has also been a concern. (Apichart Jinakul)

Double-decker buses will be banned in the next four to five years after an accident in Prachuap Khiri Khan province killed 14 passengers.

The government on Wednesday expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims involved in the accident, which occurred when a double-decker bus veered off the road and slammed into some trees, resulting in 14 deaths and 32 people injured.

The bus was travelling from Bangkok to Songkhla province. The accident took place in Thap Sakae district in Prachuap Khiri Khan at about 1am on Tuesday.

Rescue workers found 14 bodies at the scene — seven in the upper deck, three in the lower deck and four outside the bus.

The 36-year-old driver is in critical condition in Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital.

The transport minister has amended a regulation that limits the height of double-decker buses to four metres, down from 4.3 metres now.

The licences of the double-decker buses now on the roads will end in the next 4-5 years and they should be the last of their kind in Thailand, the government said.

The Foundation for Consumers said the crash may have been the result of the driver falling asleep and a lack of maintenance on the vehicle.

The Department of Land Transport said on Wednesday that the bus was travelling at 88 kilometres per hour, which is below the speed limit of 90 km/h.

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  • condolences (noun): sympathy that you feel for somebody when a person in their family or that they know well has died; an expression of this sympathy - การแสดงความเสียใจต่อผู้อื่น
  • critical condition: very seriously ill or injured and might die - อาการหนัก
  • deck (noun): the top outside floor of a ship, boat or building - ดาดฟ้าเรือ
  • double-decker: a boat, bus, etc. that has two levels, i.e., two decks - เรือ, รถบัส, ฯลฯ ที่มีสองชั้น
  • licence: an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต
  • maintenance: work that is done to keep something such as a building, machine, or piece of equipment repaired and in good condition - การซ่อมบำรุง
  • regulation: an official rule that controls the way that things are done - ระเบียบข้อบังคับ
  • slammed into: hit with great force - ชนเข้าอย่างแรง
  • veer (verb): to suddenly move in a different direction - เบน, แฉลบ เสียทิศทาง
  • victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
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